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Wynd #6 Brings New Adventure from James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas in May 2021

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the newest chapter in the blockbuster series Wynd, which returns in May 2021 with issue #6, kicking off the next story arc in the acclaimed original series by award-winning writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas, with letterer AndWorld Design.

The hit series returns as magical teen Wynd and his ragtag group of friends, Oakley, Thorn, and Yorik, take the next step in their dangerous quest. But what is the shocking secret behind Wynd’s terrifying visions? Meanwhile, back in Pipetown, the dying King Yossar does the unthinkable in his attempt to bring Yorik home — letting Vampyres into the city for the first time in generations.

Wynd #6 features main cover art by series artist Dialynas, as well as variant covers by acclaimed artist Rian Gonzales and fan-favorite illustrator Mirka Andolfo. Every issue of Wynd will feature 40 pages of story – twice the standard comic.

Wynd #6

Meet Miracle Molly, Debuting in Batman #108

The Batman team of writer James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez blew the roof off of Gotham City in 2020, with a combination of spellbinding storytelling and unforgettable art. This collaboration resulted in instant classics like Batman: Their Dark Designs and Batman: The Joker War. The pair also introduced new and unforgettable characters to the Bat-mythos, such as The Designer, Punchline, Clownhunter and Ghost-Maker.

On May 4, Tynion and Jimenez are at it again, introducing a brand new villain, Miracle Molly, in the pages of Batman #108.

Going undercover to learn more about the sudden appearance of the transhumanist Unsanity Collective, Batman meets Miracle Molly, the Collective’s second-in-command and a full-blown engineering genius that can repair any kind of tech. But her appearance and the plans of the Unsanity Collective are only one of the mysteries that the Dark Knight will need to solve before he’s done:

  • After the events of Arkham Day, what does The Scarecrow have planned for Gotham City?
  • What plans does Simon Saint have for A-Day survivor Sean Mahoney, and how do they connect to Mayor Christopher Nakano and The Magistrate?

And if that’s not enough, Tynion and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz continue the high-octane action and adventure of Batman’s frenemy Ghost-Maker in part two of “Legend of the Ghost-Maker.” In this fast-paced chapter, can Ghost-Maker stand up to the horror that is… Kid Kawaii?

This 40-page, $4.99 thrill ride features a main cover by Jimenez, with a stunning portrait-style variant cover by fan-favorite artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, plus a 1:25 variant card stock cover by Riccardo Federici for $5.99.

Secret Origins of Erica Slaughter Revealed in Something is Killing the Children #16

BOOM! Studios has announced Something is Killing the Children #16 will launch a brand new story arc in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about Erica’s early experiences with the House of Slaughter and the start of her monster-hunting career… before the horrifying events that brought her to Archer’s Peak.

The story you demanded begins here: the origin of Erica Slaughter! What shocking events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter… and what did she have to do to join the Order of St. George? The secrets are revealed here for the first time in this perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

Something is Killing the Children #16 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan-favorite artists Jenny Frison and Toni Infante. In comes to shelves in May 2021.

Nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Announced

GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD has announced the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The awards honor media for “fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues”. The awards began in 1990 and this year features 198 nominees in 28 categories.

Award recipients will be announced during a virtual ceremony scheduled for April 2021.

Below are the nominees in the comic category. You can get the full list of nominees at the GLAAD website.

The Old Guard, based on the comic series by Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernández, Daniela Miwa, and Jodi Wynne was nominated for “Outstanding Film – Wide Release“.

Harley Quinn, the HBO MAX/DC Universe animated series based on the DC Comics character created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini was nominated in “Outstanding Comedy Series“.

Supergirl, based on the DC Comics character, Wynonna Earp based on the character created by Beau Smith, and The Umbrella Academy based on the comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá were nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”.

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Empyre, Lords of Empyre: Emperor Hulkling, Empyre: Aftermath Avengers, written by Al Ewing, Dan Slott, Chip Zdarsky, Anthony Oliveira, Valerio Schiti, Manuel Garcia, (Marvel Comics)
  • Far Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell, and Deron Bennett (DC Comics)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Al Ewing and Marcio Takara (Marvel Comics)
  • Juliet Takes a Breath, written by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote (BOOM! Studios)
  • Lois Lane, written by Greg Rucka, Juan Cabal, and Mike Perkins (DC Comics)
  • The Magic Fish, written by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic)
  • Suicide Squad, written by Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo (DC Comics)
  • Wynd, written by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas (BOOM! Studios)
  • X-Factor, written by Leah Williams and David Baldeon (Marvel Comics)
  • You Brought Me the Ocean, written by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh (DC Comics)

Your First Look at Something is Killing the Children #14

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Something is Killing the Children #14, the newest chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about the close-knit community of Archer’s Peak, rocked by a series of murders, and Erica Slaughter, a mysterious figure who rides into town claiming she can stop the brutal attacks turning their lives upside down.

To save the town, Erica must take on the brood of monsters on her own. And Tommy is faced with a decision that means life or death.

Something is Killing the Children #14 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and Miquel Muerto and variant cover art by fan-favorite artist Mirka Andolfo. It comes to shelves on January 27, 2021.

Something is Killing the Children #14

Review: Batman Annual #5

Batman Annual #5

I’ve been a bit mixed on James Tynion IV‘s run on Batman. The various arcs so far have had great ideas but each has felt like an incomplete stand-alone story instead they’ve built upon each other to set up a new status-quo. One of the more interesting aspects and additions is Clownhunter, a young man named Bao whose parents were killed by the Joker. During the “Joker War” storyline, Clownhunter struck brutal terror in the clown gangs dealing “justice” by executing those who themselves terrorize. Batman Annual #5 delivers more of the history about the character as well as his dealing with the after-effects of his actions.

Tynion is joined by James Stokoe who handles the art for an interesting exploration of a character that is Batman without his “no killing” policy. Clownhunter visits longtime Batman friend Leslie Thompkins, a suggestion by Batman himself. Clownhunter talks his motivation and evolution from Bao to Clownhunter. We get the story of a young man whose faith in “the system” is let down. The Joker murdered his parents and Batman never delivers the justice promised. It’s an interesting discussion and evolution and one I can’t really blame.

Bao’s story is one of a broken system, one where morals are cherished more than stopping the hurt and destruction. It’s an interesting debate and we get all sides of the discussion. Clownhunter feels violence should be met with violence. Batman believes that violence should be met with violence but draws the line at killing. Thompkins feels that violence should not be met with violence and absolutely no killing. Each has their view and we can debate whose is more effective. The issue delivers no answers to the question, nor should it. Instead we’re left to ponder it ourselves. By killing, is Clownhunter no better than those he hunts? What about Batman’s inability to end the killing, does his line make him responsible for the death others commit?

Stokoe’s art enhances the experience. His style delivers a slight horror tinge to the story. There’s a fit to the art to what Bao experiences and how he’s feeling. Batman, Leslie, Crime Alley, the Joker, there’s a look to them all that fits the experiences depicted. It’s a weird exaggeration that one might experience in a dream. It made me the reader question the reality of it a bit as well, much like you would a nightmare. It’s very fitting for the annual and story as a whole.

Batman Annual #5 delivers both concepts and story. It feels more like an example of what Tynion’s run has been missing up to this point. There have been concepts thrown around but not much of an exploration of them and definitely only a slight exploration through the events of each arc. Batman Annual #5 asks philosophical questions while delivering no answers. It makes me want to read more to see if I can ever come up with my own.

Story: James Tynion IV, James Stokoe Art: James Stokoe Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman Annual #5

Batman Annual #5

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: James Stokoe

The riveting new vigilante known as Clownhunter was a breakout star of “The Joker War”…but what’s the tragic origin of this teenage assassin? How did his parents die at the hands of the Joker, and is there a place for him in the evolving Gotham City? Can there be redemption for the infamous Clownhunter? This epic tale reteams writer James Tynion IV and artist James Stokoe, the storytellers behind the definitive Clownhunter tale from Batman: The Joker War Zone #1!

Batman Annual #5
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